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Dynalfos,(TP)[1] also known as Dinolfos,(OoT | MM | HW | HWL)[1] are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[note 1]


Dynalfos are armored saurian enemies that serve as a stronger variant of Lizalfos, which they are similar in appearance to. They are, however, physically larger and more menacing than Lizalfos, boasting spikes across their bodies, and the weapons they wield range from blades to axes. Also, they tend to confront Link alone rather than in pairs, as their weaker counterparts do.

Ocarina of Time

Navi's Comment

Hey! Listen! Watch out!


Use your shield well and fight with Targeting techniques! (OoT)

Use your shield well and fight with L Button Targeting techniques!

In Ocarina of Time, Dinolfos appear in the Gerudo's Training Ground and in Ganon's Castle. They fight identically to Lizalfos. They can be defeated by using the Shield to block their hits, and then attacking with the Sword once they let their guard down.

Majora's Mask

Tatl's Comment

What?! You don't know?


What?! Don't you know about the Dinofols? Use targeting methods while defending. And watch out for its fiery breath! (MM)

A Dinolfos. Use targeting methods while defending. And watch out for its fiery breath! (MM3D)

In Majora's Mask, a Dinolfos first appears as the mini-boss of the Woodfall Temple, where Link must defeat it to receive the Hero's Bow. They are slightly different from their Ocarina of Time incarnation as they use different blades, wear different armor, and are able to breathe fire. They are also slightly weaker.

More Dinolfos appear in the Snowhead Temple, the Secret Shrine, where Link faces three at once, and in the Moon.

Twilight Princess

In Twilight Princess, Dynalfos appear in the Temple of Time. They can be easily defeated by counterattacking with Hidden Skills, and are susceptible to the Shield Attack and the Helm Splitter. They can also be pelted with Bomb Arrows from a distance. However, this strategy will only work before they can spot Link. The Ball and Chain can also be used to get through their shields, allowing Link to easily hack away with his Sword.

It is difficult to perform an Ending Blow on Dynalfos, as they are quick to jump back onto their feet once knocked down. However, it is still possible to execute the maneuver provided Link is fast enough.

Other Appearances

Hyrule Warriors

Dinolfos appear as uncommon, elite enemies in Hyrule Warriors, serving as Captains in several Forces. They resemble their Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask incarnations, with the addition of an arm gauntlet they use to defend with. Their attack strategy is identical to their Lizalfos counterparts, including their innate weakness to Bombs, except they are significantly stronger and more aggressive. Dinolfos may attack with the swords they carry, or breathe fire either in the form of fireballs or a stream.

In the Scenario "The Dragon of the Caves" of Cia's Tale, Dinolfos appear as Captains in Volga's Forces, called Dinolfos Chieftains. They are accompanied by Lizalfos Chieftains, and arrive as reinforcements when Cia tries to enlist Volga into her army.

When defeated, they may drop Dinolfos Fangs as Bronze Material, or occasionally Dinolfos Arm Guards as Silver Material.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese ダイナフォス (Dainafosu) Dinafos
People's Republic of China ChineseSI 恐龙战士 (Kǒnglóng Zhànshi) Dinosaur Fighter
Canada FrenchCA Dinolfos (OoT3D | MM3D)
French Republic FrenchEU Dinolfos
Federal Republic of Germany German Dinodorus
Italian Republic Italian Dinolfos (OoT3D | MM3D)
Kingdom of Spain SpanishEU Dinolfos (MM3D)
Dinofols (MM)

(Mispelling of Dinolfos)
Community of Latin American and Caribbean States SpanishLA Dinolfos (OoT3D | MM3D)


See Also


  1. In all versions of Majora's Mask prior to Majora's Mask 3D, Dinolfos were referred to as Dinofols.[2] This was changed with the release of Majora's Mask 3D.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 175 (OoT | OoT3D | MM | MM3D | TP | TPHD)
  2. "What?! Don't you know about the Dinofols? Use targeting methods while defending. And watch out for its fiery breath!" — Tatl (Majora's Mask)
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